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Niacinamide: Skincare's Superstar Ingredient

Niacinamide: Skincare's Superstar Ingredient

There are few modern skincare ingredients more deserving of their superstar status than niacinamide

This derivative of vitamin B3, also called niacin or nicotinic acid, is a true workhorse when it comes to addressing a myriad of skin concerns.

From stubborn adult acne to uneven skin tone, niacinamide's unique attributes offers an impressive array of benefits, including effectively reducing hyperpigmentation, enhancing hydration, taming redness, and combating the signs of skin aging. 

This article dives into the role of niacinamide in skin care, exploring its benefits, antioxidant properties, and its targeted action on specific skin conditions. 

Skincare benefits of Niacinamide

Balance oil production 

Niacinamide supports acneic skin by helping to reduce inflammation, controlling sebum production, and minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Its anti-inflammatory properties tame breakout-prone skin, while its ability to balance oil products helps keep skin clear. 

Even out hyperpigmentation 

Through its action on melanin synthesis, niacinamide helps brighten skin and even out skin tone. It may help to inhibit pigment transfer, resulting in a more uniform luminous complexion. 

Enhances skin barrier function

Niacinamide strengthens the skin's barrier function, enhancing its resilience against environmental stressors and irritants. Improved barrier health helps skin retain moisture and guards against pollutants, environmental toxins and pollen exposure.

Hydrate

It improves skin hydration by increasing ceramide production, an essential component of the skin's lipid barrier. This action helps lock in moisture, leaving the skin plump and hydrated.

Rejuvenate

Niacinamide visibly reduces the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging, by boosting collagen and stimulating keratin production, proteins vital for skin strength and elasticity. This results in a firmer, refreshed appearance.

Guard against premature skin aging

Niacinamide also acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals generated by environmental exposure to pollutants and UV radiation. This helps curb premature skin aging and maintains skin health and vitality.

Specific skin concerns

Rosacea and redness

Its taming effects make niacinamide an effective ally for rosacea and general skin redness, reducing inflammation and the look of flushed skin.

Eczema and psoriasis

By bolstering the skin's barrier and providing hydration, niacinamide can help comfort eczema and psoriasis, helping offer relief to angry skin.

When incorporating niacinamide into your skincare routine, choose products with appropriate concentrations (typically between 2% and 10%) for your skin's needs.  Niacinamide is generally well-tolerated.

Niacinamide plays well with many actives and is compatible with vitamins C and E (tocopherol), which can enhance its overall benefits. You can find a synergistic blend of both niacinamide and vitamin C in our brightening Aspen Dew Illuminating Skin Essence.

Plant-based niacinamide

The interest in natural skincare has led to the development of plant-based niacinamide sources, which may offer improved bioavailability and potentially fewer side effects. 

Key sources of botanically-derived niacinamide include seaweed, avocado, and sunflower seeds, among others. 

Niacinamide stands out in the realm of skincare for its multifaceted benefits, from balancing acne prone skin to enhancing hydration and revitalizing lack-lustre skin. It's a favorite in the world of results-driven skincare and once you've tried it you're sure to see why.

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Your Skin Is Not Happy but Why? Getting to the Cause of Skin Sensitivities

Your Skin Is Not Happy but Why? Getting to the Cause of Skin Sensitivities

Redness, irritation, dryness, flaking, and breakouts are possible signs that your skin is suffering. Causes of sensitive skin reactions may include:

  • Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions.
  • Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind or excessive heat or cold.
  • Genetic factors, age, gender, and race differences in skin sensitivity may play a role in causing skin reactions.
  • Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis.

One simple step to help alleviate issues is to make sure your reactions are not coming from products with hidden irritants, such as cleansers, toners, and sunscreen...even if they say “for sensitive skin” or “all skin types”.  

Sensitizing ingredients to watch out for

Fragrance

Or parfum as it is sometimes called, can have up to 200 scent chemicals, making it one of the most common culprits responsible for reactions to personal care products.

Essential oils

While we are fans of the powerful benefits of essential oils, some people may not be able to tolerate the naturally occurring fragrance allergens.

That’s just one reason we formulated The Purist Delicate Skin Serum, free from essential oils, alcohol, allergens, fragrance, photosensitizing ingredients, nuts, gluten, fillers, chemical preservatives, or other substances that could wreak havoc on sensitive skin.

"I am hooked. I have to say it is now peak pollen season, it’s everywhere and I am not scratching my neck, not feeling irritated and my skin tone is looking more even and brighter." ~ Lydia R. 

Propylene glycol

Like PEGs (petroleum compounds), propylene glycol helps ingredients to be absorbed by the skin more readily...meaning it can also help it absorb things that are harmful to you and can cause allergic reactions.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

SLS is known to be a skin irritant. It can strip the skin of its natural oils which can cause dry skin, irritation, and inflammatory reactions like dermatitis and eczema, and dermatitis. 

Chemical sunscreens

These can cause an eczema-like allergic reaction that can spread beyond the exposed area and last long after you’re out of the sun with chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.  

"I have super dry skin but I also was diagnosed with Rosacea last year. I had 3 people ask me about what I have been using today and I am sending them all your way! "~ Amber B.

You can find a complete list of our banned ingredients on our Values page at TellurideGlow.com.

Not only are these ingredients potentially harmful, but they may also lead to skin sensitivity.  

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum

Once you’ve checked your other products to make sure they are not the culprits, choose an anti-inflammatory serum that will not only soothe but will contribute to radiant skin, every day, from our highest-grade skin-beautifying ingredients extracted from over 50 whole plant botanicals.

We tried The Purist Delicate Skin Serum on 50 people with sensitive skin, from adult acne and constant flare-ups to unexplained reactions, and 98% of users had absolutely no reaction but did experience healthier, glowing skin.

We invite you to sample our Luxe Minis of The Purist Delicate Skin Serum for yourself. The Purist may be your answer to avoiding reaction symptoms while restoring healthy skin with our pure, unadulterated ingredients. 

It’s not just what we keep out, it’s what we put in to our skin that counts!

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Adaptogens Rediscovered

Adaptogens Rediscovered

Adaptogens are the new buzzword in skincare but these ingredients that have been used for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years in herbal medicine to restore the body to its natural state.

In skincare, adaptogens work like antioxidants in that their main purpose is to protect the body from external stressors and bring it back to its normal state. They can decrease inflammation, cleanse the skin by killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi, decrease oil production, protect, and hydrate while providing potent antioxidants.

Traditionally, adaptogenic herbs have grown in some of the most inhospitable areas of the planet which likely gives them their stress and fatigue-fighting properties. Some adaptogens are considered extremophiles of the plant kindgom.

Bioavailability is key

Adaptogen plants need to be quality-controlled to have bioavailability and proven ability to reach the targeted skin layer. The best way to do this is to leave them in their natural state, undisturbed by heat and processing as we do with our whole-plant ingredients at Telluride Glow. Care and thoughtfulness must be applied at every step, from harvest to formulation, if the skin is to reap the full benefits. 

Adaptogen plants often grow in stressed environments, bestowing potent nutrients as a survival mechanism. For us, that means delivering better skin nutrition. 

TellurideGlow transports raw plant energy from alpine survivalist plants right to your skin. We source worldwide to provide the highest ratios and greatest variety of cytoprotective high-altitude botanicals on the market. 

Age-old adaptogenic botanicals

Each adaptogenic ingredient in our formulas uniquely supports the skin, bringing overall balance and resilience to the complexion. 

Tremella mushroom (aka snow mushroom)

The polysaccharides (naturally occurring long chains of carbohydrate molecules) found in tremella have immunological properties. They help adjust the immune system to assist the body in fighting off skin stressors. You can find snow mushroom in our Snow Rose Recovery Mask.

Aloe vera

Aloe is known to contain twelve substances that play a role in soothing inflammation. The disinfecting and antimicrobial properties also play a role in fighting harmful bacteria. This wonder plant is perfectly suited to assist the body with defense mechanisms. And it's just one of the many reasons we choose aloe as our first ingredient (as opposed to water) in our best-selling Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence

Marchmallow root

Stress has been shown to impair the skin barrier, leaving it prone to water loss and dehydration. Marshmallow root helps to fortify the skin barrier and increase skin hydration. The healing, moisturizing, and soothing qualities of marshmallow root make it highly effective for revitalizing stressed skin.

Goji berry

Lycium barbarum (Goji) contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoids, and flavonoids. Goji berries can help stimulate collagen, improving your skin's elasticity to keep it looking radiant. Goji reduces irritation and minimizes sun damage that leads to wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. 

Moringa

Moringa is an Ayurvedic favorite that is ultra-hydrating and boasts a high antioxidant content that helps protect against pollution. Discover the hydrating powers of moringa for yourself in our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum

Lavender and chamomile essential oil 

These are aromatic nervines that support the nervous system. They are used to help relieve muscle tension, circular thoughts, wakeful nights, and the occasional worry...or perhaps ongoing worry that many are experiencing during the coronavirus.

Sea buckthorn

A super fruit that contains all of the omegas — not just 3, 6, and 9, but also the ultra-rare 7 — as well as more than 60 antioxidants and at least 20 minerals.

Known as “Holy Fruit” in the Himalayan Mountains where it is grown, it is often used to improve skin health, as it has been linked to healing psoriasis and to slowing aging. Sea Buckthorn is recognized for its outstanding cellular regeneration properties for skin, you can find it in our Purist Delicate Skin Serum.

Do you know what damages skincare nutrients? 

Heat, light, and air.

To keep your products at top efficacy, look for dark containers to keep out light, and avoid products in clear glass, especially those with fragile antioxidants.

Seek out treatment pumps over droppers to keep out air, and choose companies that use cold processing and cold formulating.

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A Peek into The World of Alpine Extremophiles

A Peek into The World of Alpine Extremophiles

Effective recovery skincare starts with premium ingredients that go well beyond average. Our science-backed secret at TellurideGlow is integrating high-performance and high-grade extremophiles, with minimal processing, into every TellurideGlow formula. 

Extreme-O what?!?

An extremophile is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth. Extremophiles hail from the harshest environments on the planet, including mountainous regions. In the plant kingdom, botanical extremophiles are also known as  extremophytes.

Not all antioxidants are alike. It is the very nature of extremophiles to thrive where other organisms cannot, doing so by producing potent secondary metabolites that manufacture an abundance of phytonutrients, the real workhorses of antioxidants that encourage regeneration, discourage inflammation and defend against aggression.

Palpable botanical benefits are the phytoceramides, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals in abundance that help keep both plants and skin healthy and vitalized.

Think of extremophiles as the Olympic athletes of plants. They continually train harder and perform better than the average plant, and the results are more profound.

How it all started

Our founder, Mary Alice, had a mission to not let the unforgiving climate of Telluride, Colorado win the battle over healthy skin. Depleted skin became the norm from living about 9,000 feet above sea level with low oxygen and humidity, intense UV radiation, and extreme wind, snowfall, and temperatures. Nothing worked, at any price. 

Her research led right outside of her window in the 13,000 to 14,000 majestic peaks surrounding Telluride. The most brutal growing conditions in the world also produce the most powerful, high-performance plants in the world, and those plants became integral to TellurideGlow’s Recovery Skincare.

TellurideGlow delivers results with some of the industry’s highest concentrations of powerful nutrients from 13 fortifying alpine survivalist plants to transport the energy of nature right to your skin.

We harness the power of over 50 of the highest-grade botanical ingredients for complete skin-beautifying nutrition. Every product is 100% natural with actives that help to accelerate regeneration, way beyond average.

Alpine plant power is at the heart of every TellurideGlow creation, formulated with the highest ratios and the greatest variety of cytoprotective alpine botanicals on the market for unsurpassed skin revival.

 “I love this oil! It's the best moisturizer for this dry, rotten climate I live in!” ~Cynthia 

Hardworking alpine recovery botanicals restore skin health 

We step beyond the boundaries of Telluride to find extremophile plants with the most active, skin-boosting whole-plant ingredients that can only be found in exotic higher elevations, and make them the foundation for elevated recovery skincare.

Antioxidant-rich Cloudberries withstanding temperatures of 40 below zero in Arctic Scandinavia

Rare and protected Edelweiss from the Swiss Alps with more free radical fighting ability than vitamin C

Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berries with over 190 micronutrients that feed your skin

Rare, mineral-rich Glacial Clay from the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Skin-smoothing Aspen Bark plus mountain meadow Arnica to boost circulation

Actives from these survivalist plants keep your skin feeling so nourished that you can walk out of the house without giving it a second thought.

“You have a beautiful product! Yesterday I went to physical therapy, so no makeup. Everyone kept telling me how beautiful my skin is!!” ~G. Johnson

Vibrant skin to withstand urban agression

Harsh weather. Pollutants. Stress. Aging. Sensitivities. Outdoor lifestyles. They all contribute to skin aging faster than normal. And while we know we can’t stop aging, we know we can slow down its effects. 

 “Harsh weather conditions disrupt the skin surface barrier affecting the skin’s ability to retain moisture.” ~ Dr. Hextall, dermatologist, The Harley Medical Group    

Thanks to Mother Nature and her extremophiles, your skin can reclaim strength and resiliency, withstanding any modern-day stresses, anywhere. 

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15 Surprising Facts About Natural Skincare

15 Surprising Facts About Natural Skincare

Telluride Glow is the honest ‘whole package’ of nutritional skincare, making it as close as you can get from the plant to your skin.

Let's compare ‘apples to apples.’

Dig deeper!

Looking closer at natural brands will ensure you are getting what you are paying for, meaning real results. But 'greenwashing' in marketing cleverly works to convince us that all-natural products are equal. 'Natural' is probably the most misunderstood word in the beauty industry.

Greenwashing is so common that it has a Wikipedia definition. "Greenwashing, also called "green sheen", is a form of marketing spin in which green PR and green marketing are deceptively used to persuade the public that an organization's products, aims and policies are environmentally friendly."   

Organic beauty

Not all organic (plant) ingredients are certified organic.

Why is organic certification important? Without regulation, pesticides may be used in farming, and those can be absorbed into the skin.

It's astonishing that some high-end $$ botanical skincare lines do not use certified organic ingredients!

Certification also guarantees that the plants are non-GMO. You'll find certified organic ingredients noted with an asterisk* on the full ingredient panel.

Some brands use organic ingredients, but only as a small percentage of the total ingredient list. The term 'with organic' is allowed as a descriptive term on secondary panel labeling, even if only one ingredient is from a plant. 

TellurideGlow (TG) serums at 96% meet the percentage requirements for the USDA Organic Seal, and the Aspen Dew Essence at 85% meets the USDA "made with organic' 70% percentage requirement.

“I have really enjoyed the products and can see and feel a difference in my 53-year-old skin. Even my aesthetician has noticed a difference.“ ~Catherine H.

Green beauty

Some brands use botanical ingredients, but they are compromised when engineered into completely new, unrecognizable ingredients.

TG uses whole plant, unprocessed botanicals, which are more bioavailable to the skin, resulting in better absorption of plant nutrients, especially antioxidants.

Some brands use botanical ingredients, but they are processed with destructive heat, chemicals, and bleach.

TG uses cold-pressed ingredients, a more costly process, and also cold formation during manufacturing to preserve the delicate nutrients from the plants.

Processing procedures won't be found on the box, so here is where you have to trust your brand.

Some brands use harsh chemical preservatives and questionable, potentially harmful ingredients. 

Most natural companies typically tout five to six omitted ingredients, whereas TG has a banned list of over 2,000 ingredients!

Some brands claim to be sustainable but only in reference to packaging. Sustainability also applies to ingredients and strict farming procedures that protect the soil.

TG spends months verifying every ingredient with farming operations and documentation before including the Environmentally Conscious icon.

100% of our plant ingredients are sustainable!

“I really do love your products. They’ve made an enormous difference in my life. Jai Baghwan.” ~ Breanne 

High elevation alpine plants

Some brands use Alpine ingredients, but use the same three to five ingredients in every formula, like salt and pepper.

TG has a repertoire of 14 alpine ingredients customized to each formula. 

Some brands use Alpine ingredients, but only in very small ratios. 

TG sources worldwide to provide the highest ratios and greatest variety of cytoprotective high-altitude botanicals on the market.

Why are we so keen on plants that grow up high?

Because they are some of the most potent, high-performance plants anywhere.

Wildcrafted

Some brands feature 'wildcrafted' ingredients... but what are those exactly?

There is no definition of wildcrafted by the FDA or the US Department of Agriculture. Wildcrafted is a marketing term that could mean foraging, but it could also mean farming, and not necessarily organic.

Think about the reality of using foraged ingredients...could a manufacturer count on ample supply from unpredictable foraging in fields and forests?

TG believes wildcrafted plants are a second choice and uses them when plants cannot be farmed organically.

For example, cloudberry fields grow on slopes in Arctic regions, and acai berries grow similarly in Nepal. Both are not conducive to farming.

Containers

Some brands use clear bottles, which are susceptible to light deterioration by UV rays reducing product efficacy.

TG uses dark glass containers to keep out damaging light. TG mainly uses airless pump tops to keep the product pristine.

Manufacturing

Not all skin products are laboratory tested or have an expiration date. Lab testing is not required by the FDA.  

TG uses third-party laboratory testing for safety and stability and includes the PAO (open jar symbol) with the number of months indicating freshness once opened.

Many brands use stock formulas and only tweak them to suit their marketing message.

All TG formulas are custom-formulated by an award-winning micro-formulation chemist, and all are proprietary.

Marketing

Some brands feature Key Ingredients but are often in small amounts. Locate the key ingredients on the full Ingredient panel and see where it stands.

Ingredients are listed from highest to lowest amounts.

Note:  Essential Oils contain fragrance allergens and should only be used in small amounts, so those should be toward the end. 

TG has several key ingredients in each formula and in significant amounts.

Some brands do not post the full ingredient list on their website, listing only the key ingredients. What are they hiding?

TG is proud of every ingredient, so posting is boasting!

Telluride Glow has formulated, packaged, and manufactured to the highest industry standards in botanical beauty, making our products trustworthy, and most importantly, effective.

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5 Reasons You'll Find Pomegranate Seed Oil in Our Formulas

5 Reasons You'll Find Pomegranate Seed Oil in Our Formulas

TellurideGlow chose pomegranate seed oil as an ingredient in The Purist Delicate Skin Serum for multiple reasons.

Of course, we only use cold-pressed seeds to uphold the quality of their enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins.

  1. Pomegranate defends the skin against harmful elements by neutralizing the effects of free radicals. It is well known that UV rays, stress, poor diet, and pollution, cause us to be exposed to a far greater number of free radicals than ever before. The result is premature aging and damage to the skin and hair.
  1. Pomegranate is packed with minerals and vitamins, especially an impressive amount of vitamin C, offering regenerative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties that promote bouncy, glowing skin. Antioxidants like vitamin A (or retinol) work to fight free radicals while fading fine lines and wrinkles.
  1. Pomegranate is loaded with up to 65% fatty acids! Omega-5 fatty acids are considered to be incredibly powerful antioxidants plus a wealth of other omega acids, which have a diverse set of abilities ranging from softening skin to soothing acne and clearing sebum from our pores.
  1. Bonus: A compound unique to pomegranate oil called punicic acid can help to improve elasticity and even skin tone while encouraging skin regeneration. 
  1. Pomegranate has high concentrations of omega-6 fatty acids, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid help the skin in different ways. For example, linoleic acid promotes moisture retention, while palmitic acid works as an effective emollient. 

Fatty acids may be especially helpful for those who suffer from acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Studies have shown that pomegranate seed oil can encourage the production of keratinocytes, which help fibroblasts stimulate cell turnover.

What this means for your skin is increased barrier function, meaning a stronger epidermis to protect your skin.  

Pomegranates truly are the Fruit of Life to prevent and restore damaged skin, so eat them whenever you get a chance and apply them to your skin daily via The Purist Serum.

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Nepalese Goji Berries: A Superfood for Radiant Skin Health

Nepalese Goji Berries: A Superfood for Radiant Skin Health

Goji berries embody much more than just a tasty addition to your breakfast bowl. These nutrient-rich super-berries, also known as “wolfberries”, serve as a potent source of nutrients for your skin.

Originating from the lush landscapes of Asia, goji berries ( Lycium barbarumhave been revered in traditional medicine for centuries.

Lauded for their disease-preventing and immune-boosting properties, goji berries contain a dense concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients.

Antioxidants galore 

The secret behind goji berries' efficacy in promoting skin health lies in their exceptional antioxidant capacity. These antioxidants shield the skin from oxidative stress, which is a key contributor to premature aging. 

By neutralizing free radicals—unstable molecules that can damage skin cells—goji berries help maintain the skin's collagen and elastin integrity, ensuring its texture remains firm and youthful.

The rich nutrient profile of goji berries, including carotenoids, vitamin C, oleic acid, and polysaccharides, plays a crucial role in enhancing skin color, texture, and overall resilience.

Let’s take a look at each one of these constituents in detail.

Carotenoids, nature’s answer to the sun's rays

Carotenoids, responsible for goji berries' vibrant red color, are formidable allies against environmental aggressors.

Zeaxanthin and lutein, two prominent carotenoids found in goji berries, help guard against UV-induced damage and pollution, safeguarding the skin's structural components and mitigating inflammation.

Skin vitality trio: beta carotene, vitamin C, and zinc

This powerful trio works synergistically to support skin health.

Beta carotene, a vitamin A precursor, excels in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, helping to preserve the skin's elasticity and promoting collagen synthesis.

Vitamin C, known for its brightening effects, contributes to an even skin tone and smoother texture. Zinc enhances these benefits by supporting fibroblast function, essential for maintaining the skin's strength and resilience.

Anti-inflammatory heroes: polysaccharides and betaine

Goji berries are rich in polysaccharides, which not only hydrate and plump the skin but also soothe it, offering protection against harmful biochemical processes. 

Betaine, another key compound, combats inflammation and helps to preserve collagen and elastin from degradation, particularly from sun exposure, thereby preventing premature aging.

Moisture-locking oleic acid

Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid found in goji berries, reinforces the skin's barrier function, minimizing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and ensuring lasting hydration.

Its anti-inflammatory properties, coupled with its antioxidant benefits, provide comprehensive protection against environmental damage and aging.

Why we use Nepalese goji berries

Nepalse goji berries are particularly beneficial for skin health.

This is because the high altitude, clean air and strong sunlight of the Himalayas contribute to a denser nutrient profile that other goji berry varieties.

The glacial deposits over centuries have enriched the Himalayan soil with minerals, ensuring that the goji berries grown here are packed with a higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential for skin vitality. Nepalese goji include significant levels of antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and polysaccharides.

You can find goji berry oil inclueded in our best-selling Alpine Phytonutient Serum.

Goji berries for skin health

The integration of goji berries into skincare formulations and dietary habits stands as a testament to their multifaceted benefits for skin health. By offering protection against oxidative damage, enhancing collagen production, and maintaining hydration, goji berries present a holistic approach to achieving radiant, healthy skin.

Incorporating goji berries into both your skincare routine and diet helps nurture and preserve the skin's natural vitality and beauty. 

Goji berries are a clear favorite for anyone seeking to bolster their skin health through nutrient-rich, natural ingredients.

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High-Altitude Lavender, Histrory's Most Famous Calming Botanical

High-Altitude Lavender, Histrory's Most Famous Calming Botanical

Lavender, known by it's Latin name as Lavandula, has captivated our senses for millennia, not just with its delightful aroma but also with its extensive medicinal and therapeutic properties.

High-altitude lavender, with its unique adaptogenic properties and rich phytochemical content, stands out for its enhanced phytochemical richness which play a pivotal role in enhancing skin health and emotional well-being

History and traditional uses of lavendar

The story of lavender is woven deeply into the fabric of history, dating back to ancient civilizations.

In Ancient Egypt, lavender played a crucial role in the mummification process and perfumery.

It is famously associated with Cleopatra's seduction of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Its protective qualities were revered, believed to ward off evil spirits and diseases such as the plague and cholera in medieval Europe.

In Roman times, lavedar was a symbol of cleanliness and purity. Fun fact,  its name is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash," indicative of its use in Roman bathing rituals.

Lavender's healing properties were also recognized in early medicine by Greek physician Dioscorides and further celebrated by herbalist John Parkinson and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its cooling and soothing effects.

The 20th century saw the pioneering work of French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who, after experiencing lavender's healing effects first hand. After sustaining a burn on his hand he famously plunged it into a vat of lavender oil and was reportedly astonished at the speed with which his hand healed.

Gattefosse's study of lavendar contributed significantly to the foundation of modern aromatherapy, highlighting its antimicrobial and skin regeneration benefits.

The unique benefits of high-altitude lavender

Enhanced relaxation and improved sleep

The sedative properties of high-altitude lavender essential oil have been well-documented, showing significant improvement in sleep quality and stress reduction. Its intense aroma, rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, contributes to its calming effects on the nervous system.

Anti-inflammatory effects

Research highlights lavender oil's ability to mitigate inflammatory responses and soothe skin conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent choice for reducing redness and discomfort on reactive skin.

Antimicrobial activity

Lavender oil's broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties are effective against skin pathogens, supporting its traditional use in cleansing wounds and preventing infections.

Promotes skin recovery and collagen synthesis

Studies have shown that lavender essential oil may help speed skin recovery by enhancing fibroblast activity and collagen synthesis. This property is crucial for improving skin health and integrity.

Guards against premature aging

The polyphenols in high-altitude lavender offer significant antioxidant protection, safeguarding the skin from environmental stressors, UV damage, and preventing signs of premature aging.

Lavender in skincare & wellness

The historical and scientific narratives of lavender converge to underscore its timeless appeal and enduring value in skincare and wellness.

High-altitude lavender, with its unique adaptogenic properties, represents the pinnacle of this botanical's potential, offering a holistic approach to nurturing the skin and calming the mind.

Incorporating high-altitude lavender into your daily routine can help to enhance sleep quality, reduce stress, promote skin health and protect against premature aging.

Lavender oil is a true testament to the power of nature in supporting our overall well-being.

Lavender's journey from ancient rituals and royal endorsements to modern-day aromatherapy and skincare formulations encapsulates its multifaceted role as a botanical treasure.

As we continue to explore and appreciate lavender's many benefits, we honor a tradition that blends ancient wisdom with contemporary science, ensuring that lavender remains a cherished ingredient in our pursuit of natural health and beauty.

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Nurture Your Skin with Hemp Seed Oil: A Deep Dive into Its Multifaceted Benefits

Nurture Your Skin with Hemp Seed Oil: A Deep Dive into Its Multifaceted Benefits

Hemp seed oil is currently basking in well-deserved acclaim. Extracted through the cold pressing of Cannabis sativa seeds, this oil is distinct from the hemp oil derived from the plant’s leaves and flowers and contains no psychoactive constituents. 

Let’s explore the multifaceted benefits hemp seed oil offers to your skin, enriched with a deeper educational insight.

Regulates oil production

The magic of hemp seed oil lies in its ability to regulate oil production. While the exact mechanisms remain a topic of ongoing research, evidence suggests hemp seed oil can modulate sebum production. 

This makes hemp seed oil a boon for both oily and acne-prone skin types. Its unique composition of lipids and antioxidants helps manage and soothe acne outbreaks. The presence of anti-lipogenic properties in hemp seed oil plays a crucial role in controlling sebaceous gland activities and helps maintain skin balance and clarity.

Anti-inflammatory powerhouse

The essential fatty acids (EFAs) in hemp seed oil, including omega-3 and omega-6, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

These EFAs interfere with inflammatory pathways and help reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines, offering relief from redness and irritation. 

The tocopherols, or vitamin E compounds found in hemp seed oil, further enhance its anti-inflammatory capabilities, targeting oxidative stress and inflammation at the molecular level.

Enhances skin barrier function

Hemp seed oil is not just revitalizing but also strengthening. 

It is particularly beneficial for conditions like eczema and psoriasis, where compromised skin barrier function is a key concern. The EFAs enrich the skin’s lipid layer, improving the cohesion between epidermal cells and fortifying the skin barrier. 

This enhanced barrier function is crucial in preventing environmental aggressors and pathogens from causing further damage, thereby helping to reduce the incidence and severity of skin disorders.

Promotes hydration and luminosity

The hydration benefits of hemp seed oil stem from its balanced composition of alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, along with gamma-linolenic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid. 

This trifecta effectively forms a protective layer on the skin, minimizing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and locking in moisture. 

The result is a visible improvement in skin texture and luminosity, with a plumped, hydrated appearance that radiates health.

Fights damage from free radicals

Hemp seed oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants, primarily vitamin E in the forms of y-tocopherols, alpha-tocopherols, and tocotrienols

These potent antioxidants provide critical defense against free radical damage, which can lead to lipid peroxidation and DNA damage within skin cells. 

By protecting the skin from environmental pollutants, hemp seed oil plays a significant role in 

Hemp seed oil is truly a skin champion with its ability to balance, soothe, strengthen, and hydrate.  Its rich nutrient profile makes it an indispensable ingredient for anyone looking to enhance their skin health. 

As research continues to unveil its myriad benefits, hemp seed oil stands out as a testament to the power of nature in nurturing and revitalizing our skin. You can enjoy all the radiance boosting benefits of this botanical in our Purist Delicate Skin Serum

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Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Oil for Skin Rejuvenation

Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Oil for Skin Rejuvenation

Sea buckthorn is a super-nutrient oil revered in skincare for its unparalleled ability to enhance skin radiance, boost hydration, and combat premature aging. 

This "liquid gold" is not an oceanic extract but a precious yield from the Sea buckthorn shrub, thriving in the lofty realms of the Himalayas. 

Meticulously extracted via mechanical cold pressing from Sea buckthorn berries ensures a potent blend of omegas essential for skin health.

A jewel in traditional medicine

Rooted in centuries-old wisdom, Sea buckthorn has been a cornerstone in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 C.E.), cherished for its holistic health benefits. 

Its Latin name, Hippophae rhamnoides, meaning 'shiny horse,' hints at its historical use for enhancing the vitality and coat health of horses, a testament to its nourishing properties.

Omega-rich rejuvenation

The secret behind Sea buckthorn oil's remarkable skin benefits lies in its comprehensive fatty acid profile, encompassing omega-3, 6, 7, and 9, making it a unique botanical source of all four essential omegas. 

These lipids are pivotal in moderating the skin's inflammatory response, which is crucial since chronic inflammation is a precursor to premature aging and DNA damage. 

The anti-inflammatory properties of Sea buckthorn oil not only soothe the skin but also protect it against the ravages of time, promoting a youthful, vibrant complexion.

Beyond inflammation control, these fatty acids facilitate deep skin penetration, promoting regeneration, collagen production, and renewal. This action is critical for epidermal recovery and helps minimize the look of scars. 

Omega-9, for instance, enhances the skin's absorption of other beneficial compounds, whereas omega-6, converted into prostaglandins, plays a vital role in skin recovery and nutrient transport.

A standout feature of Sea buckthorn oil is its omega-7 content, a rarity in the plant kingdom, known for boosting keratinization, telomerase activity, and collagen formation. 

These processes are essential for slowing aging and reducing hyperpigmentation.

Strengthening the skin barrier

The integrity of the skin barrier is fundamental to overall skin health, serving as a defense against microbial invasion and moisture loss. It is also easily compromised as we age, due to a reduction in our skin’s natural oil production.

Sea buckthorn oil's rich phytoceramide and lipid content fortifies this barrier, effectively reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and shielding the skin from inflammation-induced aging and structural damage. 

Its barrier-strengthening properties also offer support for inflammatory skin conditions, such as dermatitis and rosacea, comforting sensitive reactive-prone skin.

Antioxidant power for smoother firmer skin

Environmental stressors like UV radiation, pollution, and psychological stress contribute to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, accelerating skin aging through oxidative stress. 

Sea buckthorn oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants, including polyphenols and vitamins A, E, and C—boasting a vitamin C content 15 times higher than that of oranges!

These antioxidants mitigate ROS damage, support collagen synthesis, and provide regenerative benefits, crucial for preventing premature aging and facilitating skin recovery.

Moreover, the oil's phytonutrients can help curb the activity of sun-induced MMP enzymes responsible for collagen degradation, offering further protection against aging and inflammation.

Enhanced radiance

Sea buckthorn oil may help support skin detoxification and oxygenation, culminating in a more radiant and glowing complexion. 

This improvement boosts skin barrier health and resilience, something that is especially beneficial for those who spend time in extreme climatic conditions, like skiing in Telluride!

Sea buckthorn oil stands out as a multifaceted elixir in skin care, offering a spectrum of benefits from anti-inflammatory and barrier-strengthening actions to antioxidant protection and radiance enhancement. 

You can find Sea buckthorn in our best-selling Alpine Phytonutrient Serum and Purist Delicate Skin Serum.

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